Ill passenger removed from plane at Winnipeg airport with a possible case of novel coronavirus

A passenger has been removed from a plane at Winnipeg’s airport with a possible case of COVID-19.

Global News has learned the passenger, a middle-aged woman who had recently been in China, fell ill on WestJet flight 448 from Vancouver to Winnipeg.

The airport was alerted about a medical emergency on board and Winnipeg Airports Authority spokesperson Tyler McAfee said first responders were mobilized.

Sources tell Global News the woman exhibited symptoms that led to primary screening for COVID-19 and paramedics in protective gear boarded the plane to remove her.

Remaining passengers were kept on the plane an hour-and-a half after landing at 2:16 p.m., but McAfee said they would deplane shortly when contacted by Global News at 3:45 p.m.

McAfee deferred all further questions to health authorities.

Global News has reached out to Shared Health.

–More to come.

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